RE:NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH - OUR DNA
Re:new Community Church is an autonomous church, meaning no one outside of our local congregation has authority over our decisions and directions. We have no denominational control or hierarchy. Although we call ourselves, “Non-Denominational”, we kind of like the word, “Post-Denominational”. That just means many of us have tried denominations, and it just hasn’t worked well. We have no national boards, summits, or conventions. Instead of man-made creeds that attempt to take complex, theological concepts and boil them down to a simple quote or sound bite…we focus on looking at what the Bible actually says, and do that.
This is who we are. We are a contemporary church in music and style, but we actually teach the Bible and strive to be a church trying to look as much like the 1st century church as possible (Acts 2:43-47). When we do this well, there is a sense of “awe”, and the church regains its influence like it once had as it “finds favor with all the people” in the community. God then adds to the church daily those who are being saved.
Why the name Re:new? The Bible knows nothing of denominational names, in fact there is no formal name given in the Bible for the church, only descriptions. Renew Community Church is our Description: We are ‘Renewing’ the ‘Community’ through the ‘Church’ and our Community Center.
For us, the word Renew (or Re:new) starts with the Bible; coming mostly from Romans 12:2 - “Be transformed by the renewing of your minds”. That is a call to be completely changed from who we were to who we are to become in Christ. There are other places that the idea of renewal stands out as well: Psalm 51:10; 147:3, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 4:16; 5:17, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10, and Revelation 21:5 (“I am making all things new” – we want to join Him in that). Interestingly, the word Renew is a double entendre, which is a word or phrase that has a double meaning. Re:new at the dictionary level also means to make like new (restore), to make new spiritually (regenerate), to do again (repeat), and to begin again (resume). This is what we are here to do in Cabot, Arkansas.
HOW WE GOT OUR START
Re:new started in April 2011 with a “soft launch” after interest generated by the founding pastor and his family communicating God’s vision for Re:new to everyone that would listen. Pastor Spencer Dunlap, his wife Jennifer, and their two children were the original four people to count themselves as “Re:newers” after responding to God’s call on their lives to move to plant a church. As the Dunlaps shared the vision in Cabot and the surrounding area, interest continued to grow and the official launch was on September 11, 2011.